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Sessional workers – a mini guide

September 28, 2012

One of the most popular requests to Awards for All is for sessional workers. This can help deliver a project or service to an applicant. To let you know what we can consider, this blog will explain all things sessional.

What is the definition of a sessional worker?

A sessional worker is defined as a person not employed under a contract of employment. He/she is paid for undertaking work or a service on the basis of an agreed range of hours to be worked. This has to be within a specified period, or on an ad hoc arrangement to meet varying need.  

Are sessional workers subject to conditions applicable to an employee?

They are not subject to these. Therefore, a sessional worker’s arrangement will:

  • Impose no obligation on the service to offer work or on the individual to accept work offered.
  • Not be subject to normal line management responsibilities. This includes performance management procedures; staff discipline arrangements or sick absence/attendance policy.
  • Allow the individual to work or provide services for other employers and to send a substitute if they wish (subject to meeting any necessary checks).

Is anything else needed?

When a sessional worker is the best option for an organisation, it is still necessary to have provision of services. This is some sort of agreement around the organisation’s standard terms and conditions, for example, health and safety.

More information on applying to Awards for All can be found here.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Margaret Gibb permalink
    January 3, 2015 1:08 pm

    Is it at all possible to apply for approx £2,000 to help with rent costs for North Road Playgroup . In the past this was partly subsidied by Early Years. We normaly have sonfirmation by now but nobody sems to know what is happening. We would be unable topfund this on our own.Therefore we would be grateful if you can help in any way. Many thanks in advance for your valued support.
    Margaret Gibb(Volunteer Manager)

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